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metweezer 06-15-2010 01:57 PM

Wake Up America
You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.

Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.

At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.

With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed

and pick up your shotgun.

You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.

In the darkness, you make out two shadows.

One holds something that looks like a crowbar.

When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire.

The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.

One writhes and screams while the second

man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.

As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.

In your country, most guns were outlawed years

before, and the few that are privately owned

are so stringently regulated as to make them useless.

Yours was never registered.

Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.

They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably

plea the case down to manslaughter.

"What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask. "Only ten-to-twelve years,"

he replies, as if that's nothing. "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.

Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric

vigilante while the two men you shot

are represented as choirboys.

Their friends and relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them.

Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times.

But the next day's headline says it all:

"Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die."

The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters..

As the days wear on, the story takes wings.

The national media picks it up, then the international media.

The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win.

The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in

the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack

of effort in apprehending the suspects.

After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.

The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.

A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced,

as your lawyer had so confidently predicted.

When you take the stand, your anger at

the injustice of it all works against you..

Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.

It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.

The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England , killed one burglar and wounded a second.

In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term..

How did it become a crime to defend one's

own life in the once great British Empire ?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.

This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns.

Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw.

When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control", demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)

Nine years later, at Dunblane , Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.

During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released.

Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands."

All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities.

Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply.

Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns?

The guns had been registered and licensed.

Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?



"..It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.."
--Samuel Adams

You had better wake up, because your new president is going to do this very same thing over here if he can get it done… And there are stupid people in congress and on the street that will go right along with him.

bkt 06-15-2010 04:10 PM

Shoot. Shovel. Shut up. When defending your life, the lives of your family, your property and your liberty are outlawed, calling the government (cops) ain't too bright. Just sayin'.

The UK is a screwed up mess today. Australia seems to getting worse by the day. We must not let that happen here.

WannaGator 06-15-2010 04:34 PM

I pray it nevers comes to that.

But I see the day coming too soon.

AusLach 06-16-2010 02:02 AM

Seems pretty familiar to me.. Since '97 they have been getting worse and worse and while I see the point in some restrictions for over here, the Government is preaching to the converted in trying to regulate sporting shooters to an even higher degree.

pandamonium 06-16-2010 02:14 AM

No one, anywhere, should be forced to rely on someone else to defend them from harm. If it is not permitted for the individual to defend himself then who is to be the defenders? The police? The military? The boy scouts?

As discussed in JD's thread previously, it will be an ugly day in American History when the Gov comes to disarm the American Citizens.

M14sRock 06-16-2010 04:55 AM

Great post MeTweezer. The Martin case is a travesty of justice, and could easily happen here if we are complacent.

Gun registration only works against the law abiding.

TheDaggle 06-16-2010 05:51 AM

What's left to say? I think you pretty much covered it, Tweezer.

I only hope the "pity the criminal, villify the victim" mentality hasn't infected our nation beyond the point of no return.

skullcrusher 06-16-2010 05:53 AM

Registration was mentioned early on in the story.

1. If a national registry were to ever come to pass, it would be a cold day in hell with frost on Satan's testies.

2. The firearm was illegal per the law in the story. The shooter should do the time and shut up. He used an illegal firearm.

3. Sadly, if those laws are in place, then one needs to find the best method of protection per the law. Are pneumatic cannons filled with glass and ball bearings illegal as well?

zhuk 06-16-2010 06:19 AM

All too familiar.

However, hell has a greater chance of freezing over than Australians ever gaining the right to self-defence via firearms...its just not going to happen.

From the Attorney-General's dept. Note the "impartiality" of the wording :rolleyes:


Don't people have a right to own firearms?

There is no constitutional right to bear arms in Australia. Self defence is not accepted in any State or Territory as a reason for owning a firearm. Anyone who uses a firearm in self defence is subject to the provisions of existing State and Territory criminal laws and the courts' interpretations of those laws.

What level of support was there for the changes?

Research results show that more than 60 per cent of Australians supported firearm reform and the banning of these firearms.

How many Australians owned firearms before the hand-in and how many guns did they have?

Two national surveys in 1996 by NewsPoll estimated that 1.3 million Australians over the age of 18 owned a firearm. In a new survey held in June/July 1997 a more accurate figure of gun ownership was reached.

Are there statistics on firearm use in Australia?

In a household where a firearm is kept, it is 48 times more likely that the firearm will be used to kill a member of the household than an intruder.

In the past decade 116 people have been killed in Australia and New Zealand in 14 massacres where four or more people have been shot.

Military style semi-automatic firearms were used by only six of these perpetrators, yet their victims accounted for 74 per cent of the 116 people.
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zhuk 06-16-2010 06:28 AM


Originally Posted by skullcrusher (Post 300742)
. Sadly, if those laws are in place, then one needs to find the best method of protection per the law. Are pneumatic cannons filled with glass and ball bearings illegal as well?

Yes, as is 'pepper spray' or any similar irritant. And cricket bats...if your attacker is not armed with something 'greater' :rolleyes:

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